I’m not about to cut chocolate out of my diet, but it would be nice to reduce calory intake somehow. A while back I decided to give up drinking sodas. I haven’t succeeded 100%, but I have gotten pretty good over time. I used to consume a can of Coke several times a week with an occasional Sprite thrown in there as well. Now I only have such a drink once or twice a month.
When I first mentioned this to a friend, he said this should add up to considerable weight loss. I found that interesting and intriguins since it’s not a particularly painful way to keep extra pounds off. This week’s Time magazine Numbers feature has some concrete information about this:
- 15 Number of pounds that a person would gain annually by drinking an extra can of sugar-laden soda each day
I certainly have not lost 15 pounds by not drinking soda, but I wasn’t drinking it daily and I haven’t cut it out 100%. Still, it’s a helpful figure to contemplate.
I have gotten better about drinking water, but I have also discovered a nice alternative. (And I’m hopeful no one on this blog will point out to me the downsides of said alternative, but go ahead, enlighten me.) To add a bit of taste to my beverage, I add a tiny bit of lemon juice to the water. No sugar or anything else, just a bit of lemon juice. It works well, I recommend it.